[Market-farming] Garlic Muclhing
aballiett at frontiernet.net
Wed Oct 18 15:33:38 EDT 2006
I should say that our 'traditional mulch' of about 4inches of straw
just plain out stops weeds until the garlic is harvested. Although
advised to not leave the mulch on, I always do and have never had
problems I attribute to mulch EXCEPT in thos situations where people
have seriously overwatered the garlic. (my garlic) I can attest to
the fact, also, that we can raise a crop of garlic without ever
irrigating, but I usually feel compelled to irrigate when the weatehr
is very dry. The problem happens if I leave the drip on and the
mulched garlic gets watered as regularly as the greens do...
>> I'm wondering if it's a waste of time to mulch garlic with big bale
>> mulch hay. Works good on spuds, but with its solid stems I don't know
>> that it would insulate well enough for over wintering garlic.
>I've been mulling over the whole mulching for freeze protection/
>heaving thing for a year or so. We actually had some cloves fall on
>the ground beside our mulch last year - and they grew. Not big, mind
>you, but they did germinate.
>I'll still mulch because I hate weeding.
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